Should I Carry a Concealed Firearm?

Choosing to carry a concealed firearm is a major decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. We are major supporters of this right, but we hope that those who choose to carry will consider a number of factors before they decide to carry. Firstly, you need to determine if you actually should carry a concealed firearm. Consider these questions:

  • Do I plan on carrying my firearm every day?
  • Can I dedicate enough time to practice with the firearm I intend to carry?
  • Will I make sure to remain current with all laws and regulations regarding concealed carrying?
  • Can I afford to purchase everything I need to be a responsible concealed carrier?
  • Would I be willing and able to take someone’s life if absolutely necessary?

If you believe you can answer “yes” to those questions, then you’ll need to determine if you actually have the right to carry a concealed firearm. Keep in mind that different states have different rules and requirements for you if you hope to obtain your CCW permit:

  • Age (usually 21)
  • Felonies and violent misdemeanors
  • Citizenship
  • Alcohol and drug use
  • Mental state
  • Subject of a restraining order
  • Of “good moral character”
  • Delinquency in child support payment or taxes
  • And more…

All of these could factor into your right and ability to carry a concealed firearm.

If you’ve considered these factors, and have decided that you are, indeed, a good candidate to carry a concealed firearm, then the next step is finding the right class. At Magnum Shooting center, we have four different CCW classes that could qualify you to receive your CCW permit. Each of them are tailored to the needs and preferences of the different shooters:

  • NRA First Steps
  • NRA First steps for Females
  • Colorado Concealed Weapon (CCW)
  • CCW Refresher Course

After successfully completing any one of these courses (and meet all of the other requirements of your state), you may qualify for your CCW permit. Be sure to practice and train regularly! We are excited about your decision to ensure your, and others’, protection from the unexpected.

The Right Concealed Carry Class for Me

At Magnum, we know that everyone is at different levels in terms of their firearm skills, abilities, and knowledge. And so we’ve have four different concealed carry courses that would qualify you for your CCW permit.

You should determine, through Magnum or any other source, which course would be best for you to take.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Is there adequate classroom instruction?
  • What topics will be covered?
  • Is the instructor qualified?
  • Is there anybody, whom I trust, who could give me a recommendation?
  • Is range time included in the cost?
  • Does the course meet all the requirements of my state?

Remember that, in many cases, you get what you pay for. Don’t skimp! This is an incredibly important decision, and you should get the best training and instruction possible. At Magnum, we have four different CCW courses that could qualify you for your CCW permit. And the best part is that they all include range time.

NRA First Steps: This class is designed for beginners who would like to eventually carry concealed after proper instruction and enough training. During this course, we will provide you with hands-on instruction, covering: firearm safety and maintenance, types of firearms, ammo, how you might consider acting in a real-life situation, the potential repercussions of drawing or using your weapon, the fundamentals of shooting (grip, stance, aiming, and trigger control), and more.

NRA First steps for Females: This class is very similar to NRA First Steps, but it is designed especially for women. In a seemingly male-dominated environment, it can be nice to learn from (and learn with) ladies who share your interests. In this all-female environment, we will provide you with hands-on instruction, covering: firearm safety and maintenance, types of firearms, ammo, how you might consider acting in a real-life situation, the potential repercussions of drawing or using your weapon, the fundamentals of shooting (grip, stance, aiming, and trigger control), and more. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to learn, practice, and connect with like-minded ladies.

Colorado Concealed Weapon (CCW): This is the advanced version of CCW class, and is best for those who are already familiar with their firearm(s), and are already proficient in shooting. During this course, we will cover: the fundamentals of firearm safety and handling, how to carry within the limits of the law, shooting basics, how you might consider acting in real-life situations, the potential repercussions of drawing or using your weapon, and more. Then, we will test your skills on the range.

CCW Refresher Course: There are situations in which people who have already taken a CCW class will, by law, need a refresher course. Typically, this is because their permits have lapsed, or they've moved from another state, and are required to complete another one. This course will review safe firearm handling, storage and safe keeping of your firearm and ammo, the fundamentals of shooting, and a live-fire exercise.

Remember, your CC class is just the beginning of your CCW training. Continue to study, take classes, and regularly practice. We can help you every step of the way.

Why that Cheap, “No Range Time” CCW Class is Bull

Concealed carry classes are sweeping the nation! And with the demand for concealed carry permits on the rise… the amount of CC classes is rising just as rapidly. Because of this, you will need to use discretion when deciding which course will be worth your time, and your money. And those cheap, no range time classes are probably not your best choice.

Many CC courses have turned into “quickie classes” that don’t cover all the essential information, and don’t include range time. If you have made the important decision to someday carry concealed, you need a class that is comprehensive, and allows you to practice with your firearm.

It is also important to keep in mind that your concealed carry class can not be your only source of training. Plan on practicing frequently, before you carry concealed, and take further training courses. Your decision to carry concealed is great, but know that if you are to be a responsible firearm owner, that will require time, dedication, and money (in ammo and training, at the least).

Things to consider for a concealed carry class:

Is range time included?
This is by far one of the most important factors when you compare different concealed carry courses. A truly good class must include range time. Your instructor should be examining your form, making adjustments where necessary, and allowing you to practice with the firearm you intend to carry. Of course, it will be your responsibility to regularly practice, and become wholly comfortable with your firearm, before you decide to carry concealed. But any concealed carry class that you take should certainly give you time on the range.

Do you qualify for your concealed carry permit upon successful completion of the course?
Clearly, the course that you choose should qualify you for your concealed carry permit after you’ve completed the class. That is the main goal of taking a concealed carry course, after all. So, make sure that the course you choose will allow for your state-certified concealed carry permit.

What is your instructor’s training and credentials?
You should take a course from an experienced, instructor who truly knows the laws pertaining to concealing, and can provide you with the proper instruction. They should also be passionate about their own continued training and regular practice. And, most importantly, the instructor you choose must place the highest priority on safe learning.
For experienced shooters, especially, you should find someone who would be able to respect your personal knowledge, but also be able to offer further insight or adjustments for improvement. It can be helpful to learn new techniques or tips from other highly trained shooters.

Will the course provide in-depth classroom training?
It is important that your class time be used to cover firearm safe handling, proper storage, different firearms and ammo, proper technique, potential situations, as well as laws pertaining to your firearm and concealing. Your class’s curriculum should be comprehensive, and provide you with the necessary information pertaining to carrying concealed. It is also helpful to have a hands-on course, with classroom engagement encouraged.

Will you need to pass a test after the class?
Some classes will require you to pass either a Q&A test or a shooting test, but it is typically not state-required. Please look at the laws for your own state to determine the specific requirements. Additionally, the concealed carry class you take should cover your state-specific laws.

The decision to carry concealed is an important and well-respected one. Make sure you choose your concealed carry course wisely, and don’t get sucked into those cheap, quickie classes… they won't give you what you need. When its your, and others', safety on the line… it's not the time to pinch pennies.

At Magnum Shooting Center, we have numerous options for concealed carry courses… for all different skill levels. Check out our calendar for all the upcoming courses, and let us help you get the training you need… range time included.

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